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Kiribati launch of the new Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Friday, June 21, 2019

The new Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (Pacific Partnership) programme was launched nationally in Tarawa today by the President of the Republic of Kiribati, His Excellency Taneti Maamau.

Statement: Placing victims at the centre of investigations spurs justice for survivors of sexual violence in conflict

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Today, on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, we honour the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world and stress the importance of preventing sexual violence by addressing its root causes, including gender inequality. As we approach the 20th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 on women and peace and  security.

FIFA and UN Women sign first-ever memorandum of understanding

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The first-ever memorandum of understanding (MoU) between FIFA and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) was signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo‑Ngcuka at the FIFA Women’s Football Convention today, a few hours before the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™.

Apolitical's 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy 2019 features UN Women experts

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Apolitical, the peer-to-peer learning platform for government, today announced its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy 2019. On this crucial year in the battle for gender equality, the 100 Most Influential People include six gender equality experts and influencers from UN Women, alongside people such as Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, Melinda Gates and Michelle Obama.

From where I stand: “I identified challenges in both activisms, in terms of acknowledging intersectionality”

Thursday, June 20, 2019

“I was born in a traditional Newar household in Patan, Kathmandu Valley, and my childhood was highly influenced by my family’s cultural background. I lived in a big family with my grandparents and they did not speak Nepali. So, I grew up speaking Nepal Bhasa, my mother tongue. However, at school I would get shut out of my native language as I was only exposed to Nepali and English, the only two languages used in most educational institutions in Nepal.

President of Parliament committed to people living with disabilities

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

President of the Parliament, His Excellency Arão Noé Amaral, re-affirmed in his opening remarks, Parliament’s commitment to the rights of people living with disabilities and pledged to study the possibility of developing a parliamentary resolution to adopt on the rights of people with disabilities. He also said he would invite the Government to submit a proposal for ratification of ''The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.'' “Government has the obligation to protect persons with disabilities and not to exclude them from development programming and planning,” Amaral said.

Breaking barriers and building bridges for women to reach new heights in the police

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Meet Timor-Leste’s first female municipal police commander, Superintendent Natercia E. S. Martins, who earned the rank within 10 years of service with the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL). Her motivation and zeal has propelled her career development forward. Recalling the many opportunities she was given to develop her capacity, inside and outside the country, she noted, “My full dedication to work and serving the institution has led me to receive training opportunities and promotions.” Just within the 10 years of her career, she was honored as a municipal police commander in the Liquica. Like many working women, she has balanced her role as a police officer alongside her role as a mother.

Empowering and protecting women migrant workers through improved employment contracts

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

“They used to give me only a piece of bread in a day. Sometimes, they didn’t give me food for two to three days. I had no weekly holidays and I had to work 18 to 21 hours a day without rest. They didn’t let me contact my family members. If I requested to call my family members, they would complain to the recruitment agency and the officer would scold me and refuse my request of going back home.” This story, from a woman migrant worker from Bangladesh, is unfortunately all too common. In pursuit of social and economic opportunities, more than three million women migrate for work from South Asia to the Middle East each year.

Stopping sexual harassment by drunk ‘friends’

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Mint Wongvorakul was holding interviews for her university thesis on sexual harassment when she was told this by an 18-year-old high school student, and she knew she had to do something to get people to re-think their ideas about sexual harassment. “Most teenagers today will have a pre-drink before they go out the nightclub, so this is a game I expect them to play before going out,” she said. In the first part of the game, each player ranks how they perceive a range of behaviours such as kissing, dancing beside a partner and putting an arm around their shoulder. Through this, they define what actions they are comfortable with and what they would consider to be sexual harassment. Wongvorakul found in her online survey of 176 Thai women aged 18 to 50 that they have different views of each of these behaviours. “I realised that it’s up to the rights and desires of each woman,” she said.

Making violence against women in Viet Nam a man’s issue

Friday, June 14, 2019

In Viet Nam, many people think that when a man sexually harasses a woman, she should just take that as an affirmation of her beauty. Because, after all, “women are considered a flower to pick”, says Le Thi Lan Phuong. When she joined UN Women five years ago as a programme officer focusing on preventing violence against women, Phuong knew that changing such attitudes was going to be difficult.

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